It’s always been believed that tech companies could use algorithms to keep out predators and abusive content. Now a British start-up company has revealed an app created using artificial intelligence to do just that.
SafeToNet filter monitors what is harmful and sends a warning before any damage is done. The developer Richard Pursey, inset, said: “Our app learns patterns in texts such as time of day, types of emojis and speed of message exchange. Rapid exchange indicates sexual heating- up or aggressive behaviour.”
We decided to give them a go and test them out along with four other apps and rate them out of 5.
Family Time (£26.10 per year)
Family Time allows you to block certain apps and it can limit the amount of screen time for it’s users. It will also warn you about contact from unwanted people.
Its downsides however is that it has no content filter, so your kids will be able to view porn and send sexual messages. Not good.
Another downside to this app is that you can only look at your kids’ web history on Android devices.
Qustodio (£35.95 per year)
This clever app can tell you what apps your kids are using and for how long. It will show you words that have been searched for and can reveal the devices browsing history.
The app does block pornography and it will stop your child from searching for x rated content, but it will still let your child see 18+ sites on Facebook which show semi-nudity.
SafeToNet (£4.99 per month with first month FREE)
Looking at all of the inappropriate content available to kids on social media, this app seems to filter out the majority.
It tells parents if their kids download inappropriate apps and it also offers time restrictions on the device so parents can control when their kids use them.
Extra filters and updates for preventing cyberbullying are currently in development.
Kaspersky Safe Kids (£14.99)
While Kaspersky Safe Kids does allow access to more mature sites, it does filter out images with explicit nudity. It also allows you to see the sites your child is visiting in real time.
Adjusting the settings is a nightmare. To monitor your child’s instagram you will also need them to log on to it via Kaspersky’s own social media site.
Norton Family Premier (£29.99)
Norton’s app will send you an email when your child tries to access an inappropriate site. The app is really good at monitoring browser activity and it prevents children seeing anything sinister, even on Tumblr.
It’s also effective when it comes to videos. Downsides are texts and Apps though, not so good here.
When it comes to your children being safe online, we find it best to just encourage them to be open and honest with you. Remind them that certain things are just natural and make them feel comfortable talking with you about them.